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Specialty Programs that Brooks Home Care Advantage provides are Advanced Cardiac Disease Management Program, Memory Impairment, Urinary Incontinence and Fall Prevention. Detailed information about the Advanced Cardiac Disease Management Program, Memory Impairment, Urinary Incontinence, Transitional Care Coordination Program and Fall Prevention are listed below.

Telehealth/Telemonitoring 
The Brooks Home Care Advantage Telehealth/Telemonitoring Program allows the Brooks home health care team to monitor a patient’s condition 7 days a week while the patient stays in the comfort of home.  Read more...


Advanced Cardiac Disease Management Program

In-Home Cardiac Disease Manage Program Goals

Decreased Hospitializations

Prolongation of Life

Improve Quality of Life

Brooks Home Care Advantage's Advanced Cardiac Disease Management Program is compromised of a team of highly specialized health care professionals that will visit the patient's home to help them manage their diesase, improve their symptoms and strength as well as work to improve the patient's overall independence.  The patient's care team may include some or all of the following:  a Nurse,  Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Respiratory Therapist, Home Healht Aide and possibly a Patient Assistance Representative/Medical Social Services.  This team is designed to maximize the patient's abilities and to assist in any way possible to achieve the highest level of independence in their home. 

Congestive Heart Failure Management Key Elements

Brooks Home Care Advantage implements the coordination of Transitional Care Coordination.  Transitional Care Coordination works through the plan of care which is created prior to the patient's discharge from an acute care hospital.  The care team works with our Congestive Heart Failure patients to ensure that they are following their care plan and managing their disease with some very basic concepts.

Medication Management

Patient & Caregiver Education

Diet Control & Education

Life Management Skills

Fall Prevention

Energy Conservation

Daily Tele-Monitoring

Heart Failure (HF) is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to the body's other organs. This can result from narrowed arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle; coronary artery disease; past heart attack, or myocardial infarction, with scar tissue that interferes with the heart muscle's normal work high blood pressure; heart valve disease due to past rheumatic fever or other causes; primary disease of the heart muscle itself, called cardiomyopathy; heart defects present at birth or congenital heart defects and infection of the heart valves and/or heart muscle itself or endocarditis, or myocarditis.

The "failing" heart keeps working but not as efficiently as it should. People with heart failure can't exert themselves because they become short of breath and tired.

 As blood flow out of the heart slows, blood returning to the heart through the veins backs up, causing congestion in the tissues. Often swelling (edema) is a byproduct of this congestion. Most often there's swelling in the legs and ankles, but it can happen in other parts of the body, too. Sometimes fluid collects in the lungs and interferes with breathing, causing shortness of breath, especially when a person is lying down.

 

 Memory Impairment Program

The Memory Impairment Program (MIP) covers Alzheimer's Disease, and other related memory impairment disorders, such as Parkinson's, Vascular Dementia, Picks Disease, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Huntington's Disease, and many other dementias, to include memory loss from strokes.

Dementia itself is not a disease, but is a syndrome or group of symptoms caused by certain diseases or a temporary illness. It affects a person's memory, judgement, cognition (the ability to learn, process, and understand new information), the ability to care for oneself and their ability to solve problems.

Alzheimer's Disease is the most common form of dementia.  Symptoms can include confusion and inability to carry out routine everyday tasks. Initially, the only symptoms may be mild forgetfullness. In later stages, behavioral and personality changes such as aggressive acts and aimless wandering may accompany the marked cognitive decline.

Brooks Home Care Advantage's Memory Impairment Program (MIP) is designed to allow the individual with "memory loss" to remain as independent as possible, in the safe, comfortable and familiar surroundings of their home. Our specially trained staff will provide the family/caregiver with information, support, instruction and assistance to help them cope with the day-to-day management of the debilitating effects of a dementing disease.

In-Home Memory Impairment Program Team

SKILLED NURSE

Our Skilled Nurse will assit with Physical Health and Well-Being, Medication Compliance, Social Support, Home Safety and Behavioral Concepts. They will also schedule a meeting with the family/caregiver to assess their knowledge and understanding of the disease.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Daily Living Skills, Mental Abilities and Behavioral Condition of the individual.

SPEECH THERAPIST

Communication Skills to include: Speech Production, Memory & Problem Solving Ability.

Following the assessment process, a "Plan of Care" will be established and care team members return to the home to provide skills retraining for the individual with the memory impairment and education and training for the caregiver.

In addition:

PATIENT ASSISTANCE

We will assist both the individual and the caregiver in accessing information on community services, respite care, caregiver support and other services or skills necessary to care for a loved one.

 

 Urinary Incontinence Program

Urinary incontinence often starts with symptoms of stress incontinence. Stress Incontinence is leakage of urine that occurs during normal activity such as coughing, laughing, sneezing, or exercising which may place pressure on the bladder. Urge incontinence is also common, which is when the brain signals the bladder to be empty, even though it may contain a small amount of urine. There are a variety of ways to treat urinary incontinence conservatively and effectively. The professionals at Brooks Home Care Advantage work with the client's physician to formulate the most effective plan of care. Components of treatment include: strengthening of the muscles of the pelvic floor, retraining them to better perform their function, learning techniques for improved control and changing behaviors which make incontinence worse. These interventions can be performed in combination with medications used to control incontinence. Brooks Home Care Advantage will consult with the physician regarding all treatment provided.

The nursing and rehabilitation staff at Brooks Home Care Advantage are trained to identify clients who are experiencing urinary incontinence. Licensed physical and occupational therapists specially trained in this treatment, then perform an assessment to determine whether a client will benefit from treatment. The therapists work with the client, and their caregiver when necessary, to help the client achieve greater bladder control and a possible cure.

 

Transitional Care Coordination Program

Transitional Care begins with a "plan of care" created by the patient's hospital clinical care team while the patient is hospitalized.  As the patient is discharged to Brooks Home Care Advantage the "plan of care" becomes extremely important, the goal of home health care is to help the patient stay in their home setting and avoid rehospitalization.  During the patient's first 14 days at home BHCA's Clinical team "front-load" visits, shceduling a number of clinical and/or rehabilitation visits up front.  This has proven to help reduce the re-admission rate to an Emergency Department and/or a Acute Care Hospital.

,Transitional Care Kep Components

Coordination & Continuity of Care

"Front-Loading" Clinical/Therapy Visits

Prevention & Avoidance of Complications

Close Clinical Treatment & Management ~ Initial Clinical Visits with 24 to 48 Hours of Discharge

Daily Clinical Coorespondence

Medication Management Program

Fall Prevention Program

Brooks Home Care Advantage 24 Hour Emergency Management

Brooks Home Care Advantage's care team closely follow these key components and can be accomplished with the active engagement of patient,s their family and informal caregivers in collaboration witht he patient's physician.

Transitional Care Coordination Can Help Avoid Hospital Readmissions

When a patient is dicharged from a hospital, it has been reported that 1 out of 5 of them will need to be readmitted within 30 days.  Transitional Care drastically reduces these re-admissions.

It has been researched that 17 billion dollars of Medicare funds each year are allocated for these types of readmissions.  A large portion of these readmissions can be avoided with the proper Home Health Care Coordination. 

 

Fall Prevention Program

The home healthcare professionals at Brooks Home Care Advantage understand that falls are not just random accidents or the inevitable byproduct of aging. We know that falls are most often predictable and preventable events. Our experts will identify the many individual characteristics and environmental factors that increase the likelihood that an older adult will experience a fall.

We evaluate risk factors for falls such as mobility and balance deficits, impaired cognition, multiple medications, postural hypotension, inappropriate footwear and environmental hazards. Thorough assessments and interventions by our multidisciplinary team approach can greatly reduce the risk of falls for our clients. This increases their self-confidence allowing them to remain in the comfort of their own homes.

The program itself is designed to identify seniors at risk for falls and to develop a unique careplan for each individual. Brooks Home Care Advantage utilizes a team of 4 skilled disciplines to best evaluate the needs of our clients. The team consists of:

Skilled Nurse - RN

Physical Therapist - PT

Occupational Therapist - OT

Medical Social Worker - MSW

Our multidisciplinary team starts with a thorough evaluation to determine the specific needs of our client. After each discipline has completed an initial evaluation the team will develop a careplan designed to enable our client to better adapt to the aging process, develop confidence, facilitate independence and improve decision making.

Brooks Home Care Advantage
5836 Richard Street
Jacksonville, FL 32216
24 Hour Response Help Line:
(904) 306-9729
Fax: (904) 306-0110

Medicare Certified Agency

State License
HHA 2999991243
HCS 227142